Soba noodles challenge

Sunday 23rd March 2014 Location: Asia<-Japan

Type: Test of: | Cuisine: , | Food:
soba noodles eating challenge
Restaurant/venue: Soba noodles challenge
Booking: unknown if notice required
Address: Morioka, Japan open in Google Maps
Contact: (no website), (no Facebook)
Food: bowls of noodles      (no total weight listed)
Time limit: (not specified)
Cost: (no cost listed)
Reward:(none listed)
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The soba noodle eating challenge is a long established tradition in Japan. It consists of small bowls of wanko soba  noodles, which are instantly refilled by waitresses when a diner finishes one.

Its home (or only place?) is the city of Morioka, located on the northern end of Honshu, the main island of Japan. There are apparently many restaurants there which offer it.

An Aussie article  reports the best amongst their travelling group was 28 bowls. Author Jason Fagone and U.S. eater Dave “Coondog” O’Karma make the trip, with Jason managing 100 bowls which is impressive for a non-competitor, and Coondog 163. Furious Pete  did well in a competition but got beaten by a few bowls. Takeru Kobayashi  ate 400 or so.

The Wikipedia article above says there was a competition in 1957 amongst people from many different countries.


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